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peacock ore... what is it?

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I have just purchased 4 pieces of peacock ore from someone with a rock shop. My desire is to crush them into fine particles, then, sift through them and pick out the valuable specs using tweezers and a high-powered microscope.. I will do this one little piece at a time because I have understood that peacock ore contains about 67% copper. Eventually, I will put the recovered copper into a kiln and use flux to smelt into fine copper bars. My ultimate goal is to produce a few copper bars, about a pound each, with 99.95% purity. My first step will be to use a hard hand hammer to pound off a few bits. I will be using an impenetrable plastic wrapped around the piece so as not to waste any material that may go flying. I must use a towel to deaden the sound of my operation because I am at a town-house complex with no access to a workspace. I must do it in the basement. My question is, should I bother to shine up the tarnished, exposed spots of copper on the outside surface so the specks will show up better in the pan when I have ground enough stuff to look at?

asked May 25, 2013 by ricktvstreets (120 points)

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Peacock ore is so pretty, why would you destroy it in such a time consuming manner, just to get less copper than you would from a length of house wire? You most likely paid the rock shop more than you will ever recover from the copper bars.

answered Jun 13, 2013 by animalindy (320 points)
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I know my reply is very late but I really hope you didnt do this. You will never get enough copper from the peacock ore to even recover half of what you paid. This will be extremely time consuming and a painfully slow and arduous thing to do. Why not enjoy your Peacock ore for the beautiful colours in it? I display my peacock ore on a shelf with some other minerals and enjoy just looking at them. It would be sad to destroy it like that.

answered Mar 2, 2014 by Abbityabbi (1,700 points)